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Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis of West Point
Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis of West Point
Published: 2012/11/20
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Classic Tailback  - Doc Blanchard Army Highlights
Classic Tailback - Doc Blanchard Army Highlights
Published: 2016/11/17
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Doc Blanchard Feature
Doc Blanchard Feature
Published: 2014/04/25
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Doc Blanchard highlights 1944-46
Doc Blanchard highlights 1944-46
Published: 2014/08/25
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Felix Blanchard Pa gen bagay Romeo ak Juliet ankó
Felix Blanchard Pa gen bagay Romeo ak Juliet ankó
Published: 2017/05/03
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Felix Blanchard konnen ki jan poul ranje tet medam yo
Felix Blanchard konnen ki jan poul ranje tet medam yo
Published: 2017/05/02
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Felix Blanchard- anvi pran bal
Felix Blanchard- anvi pran bal
Published: 2017/06/27
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Who did Doc Blanchard play for?
Who did Doc Blanchard play for?
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: Sports Trivia
What school did Doc Blanchard play for?
What school did Doc Blanchard play for?
Published: 2017/10/16
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What position did Doc Blanchard play?
What position did Doc Blanchard play?
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What year did Doc Blanchard win the Heisman Trophy?
What year did Doc Blanchard win the Heisman Trophy?
Published: 2017/10/16
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Rites of Autumn: Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside
Rites of Autumn: Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside
Published: 2016/06/20
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Chandler Cox - All American US Army 2015 -
Chandler Cox - All American US Army 2015 - 'Doc' Blanchard
Published: 2015/01/03
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Army Football Top Moments: Number 2
Army Football Top Moments: Number 2
Published: 2015/12/02
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2004 Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard, Jr.
2004 Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard, Jr.
Published: 2014/09/09
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How many points did Doc Blanchard score?
How many points did Doc Blanchard score?
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: Sports Trivia
Documentary  - Mommy Dead and Dearest. A true mystery of a mother and daughter - Dee Dee a Hh Media
Documentary - Mommy Dead and Dearest. A true mystery of a mother and daughter - Dee Dee a Hh Media
Published: 2017/08/22
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2.105.2 Doc Blanchard
2.105.2 Doc Blanchard's Class Vocabulary
Published: 2013/02/21
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Doc Vader on Nurse Abusers | DocVader.com
Doc Vader on Nurse Abusers | DocVader.com
Published: 2017/08/21
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LT Katie Blanchard RN & the Army That Deserted Her | Against Medical Advice 018
LT Katie Blanchard RN & the Army That Deserted Her | Against Medical Advice 018
Published: 2017/08/14
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When was Doc Blanchard inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
When was Doc Blanchard inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame?
Published: 2017/10/27
Channel: Sports Trivia
1946: ND vs. Army - Lujack
1946: ND vs. Army - Lujack's tackle clinches title
Published: 2008/07/30
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"Notre Dame-Army Football History"
"Notre Dame-Army Football History"
Published: 2010/11/30
Channel: Explore Media
Army Football 1940
Army Football 1940's
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: Classic Sports Pictures
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Published: 2017/05/18
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Mommy Dead and Dearest Doc on Gypsy Blanchard What We Learned
Mommy Dead and Dearest Doc on Gypsy Blanchard What We Learned
Published: 2017/05/22
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Army beats Penn 61-0 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. HD Stock Footage
Army beats Penn 61-0 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. HD Stock Footage
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: CriticalPast
The Homefront 1944 to 1945 - Volume 3
The Homefront 1944 to 1945 - Volume 3
Published: 2016/06/14
Channel: Thrifty VHS
Felix Blanchard- Nouvo Video
Felix Blanchard- Nouvo Video
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Distraksyon lokal
Best Of The 4 Horseman - Disc 1
Best Of The 4 Horseman - Disc 1
Published: 2015/11/05
Channel: Professional Wrestling Preservation Society
Classic Tailback  - Glenn Davis Army Highlights
Classic Tailback - Glenn Davis Army Highlights
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: PockyCandy
Blanchard mother mourns sudden death of former high school football star
Blanchard mother mourns sudden death of former high school football star
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: KOCO 5 News
Hurricane Katrina Documentary(1) OFFICIAL
Hurricane Katrina Documentary(1) OFFICIAL
Published: 2015/08/19
Channel: THE INNER-CITY
Felix Blanchard- chemen an pa fasil
Felix Blanchard- chemen an pa fasil
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: Distraksyon lokal
"Death by Deceit: The Killing of Dee Dee Blancharde"
"Death by Deceit: The Killing of Dee Dee Blancharde"
Published: 2016/02/03
Channel: KY3 News
MMA University Mini Doc
MMA University Mini Doc
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Tim Blanchard
Générique "Les disparues de l
Générique "Les disparues de l'A26" doc de Martin Blanchard diffusé sur F2 le 11 février 2014 à 22H45
Published: 2014/02/09
Channel: Martin Blanchard
Interview Lionel Blanchard - Présentation Doc Innov
Interview Lionel Blanchard - Présentation Doc Innov
Published: 2016/06/20
Channel: Doc Innov
College Football: Army defeats Colgate 53-7; Pres. Eisenhower Attending; 1957 Universal Newsreel
College Football: Army defeats Colgate 53-7; Pres. Eisenhower Attending; 1957 Universal Newsreel
Published: 2014/05/15
Channel: Jeff Quitney
A Tribute to Rose Blanchard
A Tribute to Rose Blanchard
Published: 2017/11/05
Channel: Diane DeWeese
6 Disney Stars You Didn’t Know Are GAY!
6 Disney Stars You Didn’t Know Are GAY!
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: Celebrity Statz
Johnny Townsend 2013 All-American Bowl Highlights
Johnny Townsend 2013 All-American Bowl Highlights
Published: 2013/01/28
Channel: Johnny Townsend
Mommy Dead and Dearest Doc on Gypsy Blanchard What We Learned
Mommy Dead and Dearest Doc on Gypsy Blanchard What We Learned
Published: 2017/10/15
Channel: Neil Shelton
$198,000 - 1828 Doc Bar, Blanchard, OK 73010
$198,000 - 1828 Doc Bar, Blanchard, OK 73010
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Agent Marketing videos
Trailer på HBO-dokumentaren «Mommy Dead and Dearest»
Trailer på HBO-dokumentaren «Mommy Dead and Dearest»
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Dagbladet
Doc Vader With An Important PSA | DocVader.com
Doc Vader With An Important PSA | DocVader.com
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: ZDoggMD
College football’s biggest, boldest advertisements now have 18 wheels
College football’s biggest, boldest advertisements now have 18 wheels
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: Nichole MIller
Lion Pride XVI: Broox Holmes  Part 7
Lion Pride XVI: Broox Holmes Part 7
Published: 2014/01/25
Channel: FHSFootballHistory
Grand-père Thiophile
Grand-père Thiophile
Published: 2012/09/24
Channel: Félix Blanchard
Blanchard Pleads Guilty to Murder
Blanchard Pleads Guilty to Murder
Published: 2016/07/05
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Doc Blanchard
Doc Blanchard 1947 Howitzer Photo.jpg
Blanchard's 1947 West Point yearbook photo
Army Black Knights – No. 35
Position Fullback
Career history
College North Carolina (1943)
Army (1944–1946)
High school Bay St. Louis (MS) Saint Stanislaus
Personal information
Born: (1924-12-11)December 11, 1924
McColl, South Carolina
Died: April 19, 2009(2009-04-19) (aged 84)
Bulverde, Texas
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career highlights and awards
College Football Hall of Fame (1959)

Felix Anthony "Doc" Blanchard (December 11, 1924 – April 19, 2009) is best known as the college football player who became the first ever junior to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and was the first ever football player to win the James E. Sullivan Award, all in 1945. He played football for the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was known as "Mr. Inside." Because his father was a doctor, Felix Blanchard was nicknamed "Little Doc" as a boy.[1] After football, he served in the United States Air Force from 1947 until 1971 when he retired with the rank of Colonel.

Early years[edit]

Blanchard was born on December 11, 1924 in McColl, South Carolina [2] His father was a doctor and had played college football at Tulane University and Wake Forest University.[1] The Blanchards moved from McColl, South Carolina to Dexter, Iowa in 1929. The Blanchards then moved to Bishopville, South Carolina two years later.[2] Blanchard, nicknamed "Little Doc" due to his father's occupation, attended high school at Saint Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. He led the school's football team, the Rockachaws, to an undefeated season during his senior year in 1941. Blanchard was recruited to play college football by Army, Fordham University and the University of Notre Dame, among others.[3] Blanchard said in 1985 that he had been contacted about going to West Point when he was in high school.[3] He said, "At that point in time, I really wasn’t interested. Academically, I never was too hot, so I never had any idea I would pass the entrance examination and go to West Point."[3]

Instead, Blanchard chose to play for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, in part because its coach, Jim Tatum, was his mother's cousin.[4] Because NCAA rules at the time did not allow freshmen to play varsity, Blanchard played with the freshman team.[4]

Blanchard decided to enlist in the United States Army in 1943. He was stationed in New Mexico with a chemical-warfare unit until enrolling at West Point in July 1944 in an appointment his father secured.[3][5]

West Point years[edit]

Doc Blanchard
"Mr. Inside"

During his three years of playing football at West Point, his team under coach Earl "Red" Blaik compiled an undefeated 27–0–1 record - the tie being a famous 0–0 game[4] against Notre Dame.[3]

Notre Dame coach Edward McKeever was amazed by Blanchard. After his 1944 team lost to Army by a score of 59–0, McKeever said, "I've just seen Superman in the flesh. He wears number 35 and goes by the name of Blanchard."[6]

An all-around athlete, Blanchard served as the placekicker and punter in addition to his primary roles as an offensive fullback and a linebacker on defense. He soon teamed with Glenn Davis on the 1944-45-46 teams (Davis won the Heisman in 1946, the year after Blanchard won it). They formed one of the most lethal rushing combinations in football history. In his three seasons at West Point Blanchard scored 38 touchdowns, gained 1,908 yards and earned the nickname "Mr. Inside." Teammate Davis earned the nickname "Mr. Outside"[7] and in November 1945, they both shared the cover of Time magazine.[3]

In 1945, Blanchard played against Leon Bramlett of the Naval Academy. Army won the match, 32-13. Both Blanchard and Bramlett, later a farmer and politician from Clarksdale, were inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.[8]

In 1984, at the awards ceremony marking the 50th Heisman Trophy presentation, Blanchard took the occasion to recall, in comparison to the big glitzy shows for the ceremony today, how he learned of his Heisman selection in 1945. He said, "I got a telegram. It said, 'You’ve been selected to win the Heisman Trophy. Please wire collect.'"[5]

In 1946, Blanchard missed the first two games of the season due to an injury to his knee.[9] In June 1946 his class was divided into two classes (1947 and 1948) to transition back to a peacetime four-year curriculum from the wartime three-year curriculum instituted in October 1942. Both Blanchard and Davis were placed in the final three-year group, the Class of 1947 (Davis had entered West Point in July 1943 but was turned back a year in 1944 for a deficiency in mathematics).

In 1947, Blanchard played himself in the movie The Spirit of West Point. His West Point team-mate Glenn Davis also played himself in the film. Other cast members include Robert Shayne as Coach Colonel Earl "Red" Blaik, Anne Nagel as Mrs. Blaik, George O'Hanlon as Joe Wilson, Michael Browne as Roger "Mileaway" McCarty, Tanis Chandler as Mildred, Mary Newton as Mrs. Mary Blanchard and William Forrest as Doc Blanchard's father, Dr. Felix Blanchard. Also appearing as themselves are 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon and sportscasters Bill Stern and Harry Wismer. The screenplay was written by Tom Reed based on a story by Mary Howard. Ralph Murphy directed.[10][11][12]

In addition to football, Blanchard was also a member of the Army track and field team, with a shot put championship and a 10-second 100-yard dash in 1945.[9]

In 1947, Blanchard graduated from West Point, 296th in order of merit among 310 graduates, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force.[5] He coached Army’s freshman team in the 1950s, but he never played professional football, choosing a military career instead.[5]

The 1941 Saint Stanislaus College prep school Gulf Coast championship Team. Doc Blanchard is No. 61.

Military career[edit]

Blanchard had the opportunity to play professional football after being selected third overall in the 1946 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[13] After he was turned down in 1947 for a furlough to play with the NFL,[5] Blanchard then chose to embark upon a career in the United States Air Force and became a fighter pilot. In 1959, while with the 77th Tactical Fighter Squadron and flying back to his base at RAF Wethersfield near London, a gas leak in Major Blanchard's F-100 Super Sabre broke and caught his plane on fire.

Rather than escaping and parachuting out safely, he decided to stay with the plane and land it safely, because of a village on the ground that would have been damaged. The event garnered him an Air Force commendation for bravery.[5]

In the Vietnam War, Blanchard flew 113 missions from Thailand, 84 of them over North Vietnam. He piloted a fighter-bomber during a one-year tour of duty that ended in January 1969.[5] He retired from the Air Force in 1971 as a colonel.[5][7] After retiring from the Air Force, he spent several more years as the commandant of cadets at the New Mexico Military Institute, a junior college that prepares students to enter the service academies.

Death[edit]

Blanchard died of pneumonia on April 19, 2009 in Bulverde, Texas.[14] He had been living with his daughter Mary and her husband Aaron for the last 20 years of his life.[3] At the time of his death, he was the oldest living Heisman Trophy winner.[9] He is interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.

Honors and memorials[edit]

Blanchard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.[3]

At a 1991 ceremony, he presented his Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and James E. Sullivan Award to his—and his father's[15]—former high school alma mater, Saint Stanislaus College prep school, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.[16] He also presented his jersey to the school.[16] The trophy, awards and jersey were enshrined in the Brother Alexis Memorial Resource Center on the Saint Stanislaus campus until they were briefly lost to flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The items have since been recovered.[7][16]

In Blanchard's honor, the Interstate 20 / U.S. Route 15 interchange near his hometown of Bishopville, South Carolina has been named the Felix "Doc" Blanchard Interchange.[17]

Beginning in 2004 the Rotary presents the Doc Blanchard Award as well as the Glenn Davis Award to the two high school football players participating in the U.S. Army All American Bowl who best exemplify the U.S. Army’s high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction. The Doc Blanchard Award is given to a player from the Bowl’s East team, while the Davis Award is given to a player from the Bowl’s West team. The first recipient of the Doc Blanchard Award was Ryan Baker.[18]

West Point announced in April 2009, before Blanchard's death, that Blanchard's number 35 would be retired, and it was on October 10 during a home game against Vanderbilt.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hickok, R. "Blanchard, "Doc" (Felix A.)". Sports Biographies, HickokSports.com (2002, 2003, 2004). Archived from the original on 2002-02-23. Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  2. ^ a b Fimrite, Ron: "Mr. Inside & Mr. Outside, Sports Illustrated, November 21, 1988.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Associated Press: Army's Mr. Inside, Doc Blanchard, dies at 84[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c ESPN: Blanchard More Than Football Hero[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i New York Times: Doc Blanchard, Army’s Mr. Inside, Is Dead at 84
  6. ^ National Football Foundation: Army's Felix "Doc" Blanchard Passes Away
  7. ^ a b c Lorge, S. "Mr. Inside, Mr. Outside". Heisman Heroes, Sports Illustrated (CNN/Sports Illustrated 2001). Retrieved 2007-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Leon C. "Lee" Bramlett". msfame.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c San Antonio Express-News: 'Doc' Blanchard won't be part of the A&M vs. Army hoopla[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ IMDb: The Spirit of West Point (1947)
  11. ^ New York Times: The Spirit of West Point (1947) overview
  12. ^ New York Times: The Spirit of West Point (1947) movie review by B.C. Published: October 3, 1947 Accessed: April 20, 2009
  13. ^ "1946 NFL Draft". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  14. ^ Goldstein, Richard (2009-04-10). "Doc Blanchard, Army's Mr. Inside, Is Dead at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  15. ^ Reprint of The State newspaper article: Bishopville's Favorite Son Archived January 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ a b c The Times-Picayune: Tad Gormley memories include Army's Doc Blanchard
  17. ^ The State: Long-overdue honor for Blanchard comes soon
  18. ^ U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Archived 2011-01-23 at the Wayback Machine.

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